The sign on your door has changed. The welcoming information that ‘Dr Ada is IN (7-8 am Mondays only)’ has vanished. The cartoon showing Garfield on a Runic dig – your little bit to encourage employability – lies scrunched up in your rubbish bin.
All comers to your office door are instead greeted by inscrutable laminate fasciaboard.
You are no longer IN. But neither are you entirely OUT.
Welcome to Cactus Land, dear Reader.
You have just realised that the small print in your
voluntary redundancy letter, sent last Wednesday, said something about remaining in post for several months.
As you sit in your denuded office, surrounded by bin bags full of documents marked ‘Shred’, holding your breath as your more persistent
students visitors scrabble at your door and shout ‘I know you’re in there’, you consider the shadowy, seemingly interminable interval that lies ahead, between idea and reality, thought and act, posting of redundancy letter and skipping merrily into the embrace of self-employment.
There is only one thing to do, dear Reader.
Yes. You must now implement Rule No. 2, and Get the Most Out of Your Colleagues While You Have Them.